On December 4th, at the international secretariat of ICOMOS near Paris, ICOMOS Netherlands organized a Round Table Water and heritage. In these times of climate change, it intended to highlight the importance of water management for the preservation of cultural and natural heritage under climate change
"Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for" - Pierre de Coubertin
ICOMOS has the pleasure of announcing that Dr Samir Abdulac, Chair of ICOMOS Working Group for the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq (and neighbouring countries) was awarded the 2015 Summit Award on Heritage impact delivered by the CyArk 500 Challenge in Berlin on 19 October 2015. ICOMOS congratulates Dr Abdulac on this well deserved distinction.
Our grateful thanks go to ICOMOS Japan for the perfectly organised ICOMOS Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee which just took place in Fukuoka from 26 to 29 October 2015.
The meetings were attended overall by more than 190 participants. 38 National Committees and 22 International Scientific Committees were officially represented (not all of which could vote at the Annual General Assembly and/or Advisory Committee).
ICOMOS supports the Monuments Women and Men of Syria and Iraq / أيكوموس (ICOMOS) المجلس الدولي للمعالم والمواقع يساند نساء ورجال المواقع في سوريا و العراق
The on-going crisis and fighting in the Middle East are giving rise to humanitarian consequences of an unprecedented scale since the World Wars. The number of victims, refugees and displaced persons is growing day by day, not to mention the acts of torture, rape, enslavement and the eradication of the traditional cultural diversity of the region.
Public opinion is also moved by the increasing destruction of the cultural heritage of the region that bears witness to early human exploits, the common roots of different civilizations and their mutual enrichment.
The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York on 25 September 2015.
Goal 11 is one of 17 new SDGs and focuses on cities and the role of heritage in making them sustainable.
A preparatory event "Europe's cultural heritage common opportunities and challenges" to announce officially the European Cultural Heritage Year initiative will be held in Berlin on 13th of November 2015.